LORAIN COUNTY — Lorain County early college students could benefit from $1.2 million up-for-grabs funds through a new grant program.

State Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, announced Thursday that a $1.2 million College Readiness and Access Grant is available through the Ohio Board of Regents to sustain early college initiatives in Ohio.

Under the program, qualified institutions could receive up to $2,000 for each enrolled early college student if they partner with their local community and a secondary institution to offer programs encouraging college readiness and access to postsecondary education.

The Board of Regents began accepting grant proposals Tuesday.

“In my conversations with fellow educators, one recurring thing I hear is the need to improve the transition from primary education to postsecondary opportunities, and then into the workforce,” Manning stated in a news release. “Early college high school is a part of improving those transitions and this grant is working to make sure districts are able to offer these programs.”

As a former teacher, Manning said she’s happy the grant is available because she realizes the tough decisions school districts are forced to make in distributing resources.

“This grant will provide added flexibility for school districts to provide guidance to their students as they explore options for continuing their education,” she said.

The grant was implemented as a provision Manning supported in the state’s 2013 biennial budget proposal.
Lorain County Community College President Dr. Roy Church said he plans to apply for the grant and thanks Manning for her support of the county’s Early College High School located at the college campus.

“We will absolutely be an applicant for this great grant program,” Church said. “LCCC has had a long-standing Early College High School on our campus for quite some time and it’s proven to be quite successful. I want to thank Sen. Manning and I think the grant is a wonderful contribution for students who might not otherwise attend college.”
Clint Keener, superintendent of Bay Village City Schools, also applauded Manning for her promotion and ongoing support of early college and other postsecondary options.

“I’m very impressed with what the state and county are doing with postsecondary education, especially with the Early College High School at LCCC,” Keener said.

“I believe the ability to attend college should not be limited to certain people and I applaud Manning and others who have worked and still work each day to make sure that this form of education remains an option in our area.”
The deadline to receive grant submissions is Feb. 28.

For more information about the College Readiness and Access Grant, click here

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